A Texas woman was harassed by a state trooper while attempting to obtain the special ID required for voters, MSNBC reported on Friday.
“I’m 62 years old,” Lynne Messinger said about the encounter. “I’ve been voting for a long time, and this is just bullsh*t.”
Messinger told MSNBC that she was approached by the trooper during a visit to a state Department of Public Safety (DPS) office in south Austin. Messinger, who owns homes in both Texas and California and uses both residences, brought her California driver’s license to the office but said she had switched her voting residency to Texas years ago. State law, however, does not accept out-of-state identification as suitable for voting.
“It was like a Nazi interrogation about how I can’t be driving with a California ID,” Messinger said the trooper told her. “I was completely intimidated and freaked out.”
Messinger first encountered DPS officials last year, when she was told she could not obtain the voter ID because she did not provide a birth certificate. It took her months to get the document from New York state, where she was born.
“I’m well-traveled, I’m not easily intimidated,” Messinger said. “This guy scared the hell out of me. I can just imagine what other people – a little housewife or a Latino or whatever walks in there and this happens to them.”
The Supreme Court approved a request last week by state officials to stay a ruling declaring the voter ID law unconstitutional. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg ripped the law in her dissent, saying it “likely imposes an unconstitutional poll tax” and will disrupt the state’s electoral process.
MSNBC reported that, since being signed into law by Gov. Rick Perry (R) 14 months ago, only 279 voter ID cards have been issued in the state.